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Warm Winter Wish Stories

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Community members were encouraged to submit nominations on behalf of neighbors, friends or family who were experiencing problems heating their home whether be a furnace with regular repair costs or a unit that is unrepairable. Nominees must live within Bryant’s service area of Lincoln and the communities within 50 miles of the capitol city.

Bryant announced the recipients for this year’s Warm Winter Wish on Froggy 98.1 and 105.3 WOW FM the week of January 9, 2017. Check out each of our recipients stories right here!

2017 Recipients

Mark & Jen

The first Warm Winter Wish of 2016 was one that broke the mold for Bryant. The Lincoln Journal Star published an article about a family in need on the first day Froggy 98.1 and 105.3 WOW FM began publicizing Bryant’s Warm Winter Wish nomination period. The family of Mark & Jen had their their world turned upside down the day after Thanksgiving. Click here to learn more about Mark and Jen’s Warm Winter Wish.

Marlin

When Bryant announced the 6th annual Warm Winter Wish Marlin’s nephew, Jordin, took the time to nominate his uncle. They family’s furnace had recently had an electrical malfunction causing the furnace to catch on fire. Major repairs were required to regain heat in the home, and additional part failures were to happen in the future. Click here to learn more about Marlin’s Warm Winter Wish.

Chelle

Multiple repairs to an older furnace can cause any homeowner to begin to wonder, “when will it fail again”? When a homeowner is forced to use funds for furnace repairs rather than for needed prescriptions the reliability of the furnace is a much greater worry. Chelle, who suffers from fibromyalgia, was definitely worried about the reliability of her furnace after major repairs were required in the 2016 heating season. Click here to learn more about Chelle’s Warm Winter Wish.

Previous Years Recipients

Linda & Loren – 2015

Linda and Loren’s home was without reliable heat in 2015 even after several repair bills. The family’s all electric system had several heating and air companies provide repairs of the system, but never fixing the issue and ultimately leaving them with a costly quote for additional repairs. Click here to learn more about Linda and Loren’s Warm Winter Wish.

Stacey & James – 2015

Stacey And James’ home was the second wish granted in Bryant’s fifth annual Warm Winter Wish. Bryant restored heat in the Lincoln home affected by the flooding rains of April 2015. All of Stacey and James Loos’ hard work could not prepare them for the financial challenge of losing their furnace. Click here to read more about Stacey & James’s wish.

Michelle – 2015

Michelle’s home has been without central heat for two years after repairs bills became too much. Adding salt to the wound, in November the hot water heater burst, providing yet another inconvenience for Michelle and her son. Click here to learn more about Michelle’s Warm Winter Wish.

Tara and Ryan – 2014

Tara and Ryan’s lives have changed dramatically due to Tara’s health. Just over a year ago Tara was diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension, which affects her heart and lungs. Due to hole in her heart she experiences fatigue very quickly and causing what was before an easy task to be challenging. Tara’s medical expenses from doctors visits and medications are enough to overwhelm anyone. Click here to learn more about Tara and Ryan’s wish including the audio from their call from Bryant.

Jackie and Shawn – 2014

Jackie and Shawn’s family of five have been making due for the past two winters by heating their home with only space heaters after being told their furnace was not safe to operate. Jackie is unable to work due to the condition of her health. Click here to learn more about Jackie and Shawn’s wish including the audio from their call from Bryant.

Sharon and Chuck – 2014

Sharon and Chuck have gone two winters now without a working furnace. They have been using space heaters to warm the home since their old furnace was red tagged for safety reasons. Chuck suffers from Raynaud’s Disease, which affects blood flow to his fingers and is certainly not helped by the cold conditions in their home. Click here to learn more about Sharon and Chuck’s wish including audio form their call from Bryant.

Steven and Sandy – 2013

Steven and Sandy (Douglas, NE) – nominated by Wendy Tatro of Wounded Warriors Family Support. Steven Syslo and his wife have been using a wood stove to heat their home for the past 15 years. Now faced with the cost of purchasing wood, heating their home has become a financial strain on the couple. Click here to learn more about Steven and Sandy’s wish.

Jessica and Cody – 2013

Jessica and Cody (Lincoln, NE) – nominated by Rik Devney, principle of Huntington elementary. Jessica and Cody have experienced various setbacks, but with help from family members they purchased a home, however the home does not have central heating system and lacks duct work. The family of five would just about anything to stay warm including driving around in their van or visit department stores. Click here to learn more about Jessica and Cody’s wish.

Angie and Treves – 2013

Angie and Treves (Lincoln, NE) – nominated by Cindy McPherson, of Lincoln.
Treves and Angie’s wish is the third Warm Winter Wish granted by Bryant Air Conditioning & Heating this year. As Treves awaits a kidney transplant his health has caused him to rely on disability. Angie works hard to provide for the family, however they have not been able to fix or replace their faltering furnace. Click here to learn more about Angie and Treves’ wish.


A special thanks to Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems and Comfort Products for donating the equipment needed to make Warm Winter Wish happen. Bryant Lincoln would also like to thank Cornhusker Winnelson for the donation of Michelle’s water heater.